Faime Gets Independence Day Opportunity, King Hopes To Be Crowned, AA And Sane Face VIP Foes, Much More At Arsenal
June 28, 2018
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
The Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) Championship Committee was quick to grant former KSWA Heavyweight Champion and Hall of Famer Tommy Faime a rematch for the Commonwealth's most prized possession. It was just this past Saturday that Faime was on the losing end of a historic championship contest with current two-time title holder Mitch Napier.
Tommy Faime held the KSWA Heavyweight Championship in the promotion's early years--2002 into 2003 for a total of 511 days. That title reign and ground-floor involvement helped earn him the first "KSWA Original" Hall of Fame nod. When he faced Napier last weekend, the Sioux Falls, Iowa export had held the KSWA belt for 568 days. Only Lou Martin (798 and 735 days) and Anthony Alexander (588) have held the trophy longer. Of course, Martin and Napier are the only two-time champions and neither have come close to VIP Shawn Blanchard's 6-time reign.
However, the Championship Committee has decided that Faime will get another opportunity. It's interesting to note that it was at this event two years ago that Faime had wrestled his first one-on-one contest--against Napier no less--at the Independence Day celebration.
Martin and Blanchard will face off for the first time in many years against the team of Golden Triangle Champion Anthony Alexander and Justin Sane. AA and Sane were once a formidable tag team and frequently tussled with the VIPs. But with Alexander's absence, Sane's other pursuits, and the VIPs various interests, this match has taken place in a while. That changes this Saturday when the two tag teams take center stage.
The Jester returns to the KSWA to defend the 5-Star Championship against Del Douglas. Douglas, who performed admirably against Alexander for the Golden Triangle Championship this past Saturday, could provide an interesting challenge to the always interesting Jester. The two know each other well, what being former tag team champions, friends and now foes? Will Arsenal Park host a title change or two this weekend?
One-half of the KSWA tag team champions--Dennis Gregory--will take on Shane Starr in one-on-one competition for the very first time. Both veterans and vaunted champions, this should be a physical and hard-hitting affair. Plus, Starr and Kris Kash have been challenging Gregory and Bubba the Bulldog "Team Don't Care" for the richest tag team championships in Pennsylvania. What Mayor Mystery may have in store for this contest is anyone's guess.
The Arsenal Park foundation may rumble when two of the KSWA's biggest Megastars meet. Big Mike Malachi will face off against T-Rantula in a battle that will be one not to be missed.
The same can be said for the match between BROhemoth and Officer Dan Murphy. Both big men have made the KSWA Championship Committee take notice.
Team 12 Gauge--Harley T. Morris and Zak Hunter (along with David Marbell) will face Sly Scarpone and Lucio Deveer in tag team action. Morris and Hunter continue to move up the tag team division and the team of Scarpone and Deveer looks impressive. This will be a match that the Championship Committee will watch with interest.
The KSWA event this Saturday at Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville is free for all. Bell time is 3:00. Arsenal Park is located along 40th Street in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood.